I don’t know if this is work-drudgery fatigue, Aunt Flo, or a run-of-the-mill case of the Clinical Depression, but tonight is Mom Night and I need it. After dinner is made and Atticus is fed and Hope’s laundry is done, I am grabbing my bag of thread, heading to Inman Perk, and getting the biggest soy mocha pennies can buy. I’ll sip and stitch and chat with dear friends. Yay!
T-minus two hours and thirty-three minutes until I can recharge…..
October is here and it is one of my most favorite months; I adore fall weather. September was disappointing as far as autumn goes — we had temperatures in the upper 80s most of the time.
Now the air truly has a bite of apple crispness and find myself perfectly content to stay home with a large mug of warm milk and and an even bigger book.
Now, for retrospect followed by exciting plans….
I began life as a soccer mom (gasp!); and Hope is really loving the sport. It is so nice to see her working hard and making friends.
Baking: a made some fall favorites (pumpkin bars and espresso brownies) and baked a new recipe, Cranberry Honey Drop Cookies.
The adoption was finalized! Sam is Hope’s daddy for ever and always!
I began a new embroidery project
I had a wonderful date day with Sam to Athens.
Several wonderful trips to the library and a phenomenal library book sale
Celebrated Sam’s 29th birthday
Began taking Prepared Child Birth Classes
Readying the nursery!
Finally I have internet at home
Craft night with friends featuring yarn, Thai food, coffee and gossip
Read three books (only three!), Mary Queen of Scots and the Murder of Lord Darnley by Alison Weir, Anatomy of Deception by Lawrence Goldstone, and The Sign of Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Looking to October:
Blogtoberfest! The goal is to post every day in October. I didn’t accomplish this last year, but I sure did post a heck of a lot more. My goal is to post every day, even if it is a tiny writeup, rant, or link.
Finishing Sharon Kay Penman’s The Sunne in Splendour. This is a fabulous book, but nearly 1,000 pages long. This is my “I must finish this book before Atticus gets here” challenge.
Speaking of Atticus he *might* be here by the end of the month. Needless to say I’ll be nesting, baby prepping, and finishing childbirth class. I’m looking forward to this being my last month of pregnancy and having my little man soon!
Thrifting! Tomorrow is the huge community thrift sale, because of Hope’s soccer game I won’t make it there until noon so I hope some deals are left.
Working on my new embroidery project and finishing the blanket for Atticus.
Organizing my photo albums. I feel compelled to tackle the box of pictures and put them in order.
Breaking out the sewing machine
Making holiday plans and beginning my baking and gift plans early
Staycation! Hope has fall break week after next and we have plans to see a movie, have lunch with her Dad at work, take walks and watch plentiful amounts of Dark Shadows.
Possibly a foray into Once a Month Cooking…. possibly
Organizing my bookshelves. I’m saving this for my nesting spurt.
Baking big loaves of crusty bread and making jar after jar of pumpkin butter and apple butter.
Audiobook stockpile! I’m stocking up on audio books for when I function as a milk tank in late October / early November. Pass on any recommendations!
There we have it, lots of stuff to look forward to! In my immediate future I see a shower and hitting the pillow. I’m tired and I know I’ll be up 5o0 times in the night since Atticus has decided my bladder is the perfect squeeze toy.
Yesterday Hope stayed home from school because of a sore throat, sinus headache and some sniffles. By two in the afternoon she was feeling much better and I began feeling crappy. My throat hurts and I’ve been blowing my nose in Starbucks for the past hour (I’m sure the other customers are more than thrilled).
While I was feeling ill yesterday, I flipped through my journal and found something interesting. On January 31st I listed accomplishments and memories from the month and then made another list of things I was looking forward to in September. Seasonal allergies aside, there are many exciting things happening in September and August was a good month for me so I thought I’d revive the list.
I can’t believe I haven’t blogged since Wednesday! The last half of my week off from work flew by. I accomplished a great deal, but, alas, I didn’t have the time, energy, or any real inclination to blog.
So what did I do from Wednesday evening until today?
Started a biography of Mary Queen of Scots
baked Snickerdoodle cupcakes
had my friend, Meghan, over for dinner
went to lunch with my friend Erin and Hope
bought the new Arcade Fire album and obsessively listened to it
purchased yarn for a baby blanket and began furiously crocheting
watched several movies with Sam
had a day at the pool with Sam and Hope (I’m slightly burned)
went to dinner with Sam and Hope
cleaned the house
did massive grocery shopping
reorganized the pantry
finished back to school shopping
packed Hope off for her first day as a fifth grader
packed Sam off at for his new job
went back to work after 9 days of vacation and tried to catch up on work
WHEW! I’m tired and amazed that summer vacation has flown by so quickly. Between the two of us, I’m a bit glad that I’m back to my regular schedule. I miss my routine and I honestly feel like I get more done when I have some order in my life. Alright folks, I’ve a busy week this week but I am determined to get some reading done.